Wednesday, July 22, 2009

You Capture - B&W editing

Wednesday, July 21

I love B&W photos although I almost never shoot in B&W. Usually I just see a picture and then see how it looks in B&W later. I wanted to show a little editing I found on Picasa - I'm sure many have used this before, but this photo really demonstrates it well. Here is the unedited version.

Here is the regular B&W conversion. See how everything looks the same intensity.
Then I tried the filtered B&W tool on the effects tab in Picasa (be sure to undo the regular B&W first). Then you can move the cursor around to see what different shades you can get. By selecting something in the pink range, it makes everything pink look lighter which really makes the flower stand out. Then I did auto contrast and a little sharpening. Viola!
I'm not saying I would choose this over the color version, but what a difference right?

Is it OK to have a little color? Because I can't talk about editing B&W without including a shot like this. Before cropping and editing it was a little boring because no one was looking at the camera, but now I like it.
Here is the color accent tutorial from Pioneer Woman if you have Photoshop.

Last weekend we went to the Cathedral Park Jazz Festival in Portland, OR. The park is under the St. John's bridge, which most people agree is the best looking bridge in town. Here's a view from under the bridge.

Here is one of my favorite photos of the St. John's Bridge that I took a while ago, but I really have to share it. It's the first time I took a cool picture of something other than my kids.

To see all the other great B&W You Capture photos click here.

14 comments:

Donna Maria said...

These are just gorgeous! I especially love the red tutu...Xx

Sara said...

I love the b&w flower! Neat trick! Also love the red tutu, but then again, I love b&w with a hint of color!

Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry said...

All of your photos are stunning - beautifully done!

Prairie Lady said...

Much improved on that first one!

And the others are beautiful also.

Kathleen said...

What a great, user-friendly post!! Love all your photos, especially the bridge.

Stacie's Madness said...

great pictures, I've been playing with Picasa...I just don't get it...lol.

Stefany said...

Great shots!

livinginagirlsworld said...

That bridge picture is pretty cool. Black and white gives a different perspective to pictures.

The Mama - aka Heather said...

The red tutu is GENIUS. Love it.

Amanda said...

Thanks for the tricks! I will try them!

Saj said...

Awesome! I wasn't sure how to make my B&W shots "pop", either! Thanks for the Picasa tutorial! I love that tutu!

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh, I love your pictures. And you are so right. Sometimes removing the color from pictures leaves them flat! Thanks for that link too! So helpful!

DALewis said...

Love the photos. My favorite is the bridge. :)

Marie said...

These are great! The bridge was one of my favs, and the red tutu made taht picture perfect!